A Spokane family-owned restaurant is dealing with a small business’ worst nightmare. Mossuto’s Italian Restaurant in North Spokane was broken into last month, with the thief taking thousands of dollars. “I put so much trust in my employees and the community and everything like that, that you never think that it’s going to happen until it happens,”...

Boutique Washington producer Va Piano Vineyards has bought a 21 hectare (52 acre) plot in the Walla Walla Valley on the Washington/Oregon border from SeVein Ownership Group, which it intends to use to boost its Italian and Bordeaux varieties.  The new plot, which will be renamed Giovanoni Estate after owner Justin Wylie’s Italian grandmother, is si...

The dish that most excites chef Sabrina Tinsley at her new Capitol Hill business, La Dispensa, is a “walking lasagna.” It’s not labeled as such on the menu, just Lasagne Verdi or Lasagne Vegetariane under the hot entrees section. “I don’t know why I’m calling it this in my mind,” says Tinsley, a little proud and a little chagrined; “I don’t usually...

More than two years in the making, the Migration Project, on display in Perugia, Italy, from Sept. 3- Oct. 9, 2022, welcomed 10 artists from two countries. The show brought together a mix of exceptional talent and artistic vision and attracted visitors from Perugia and abroad. Five US artists participated — Humaira Abid, Iole Alessandrini, Mary Cos...

My good acquaintance Dennis Caldirola invited me to sign copies of my latest titles at Seattle’s Italian Festa, and I was thrilled. Surnamed Sanelli, it’s a festival I love. The invitation gets better: “I can’t find another Italian author this year. People are still hesitant about crowds. You can have the table for yourself.” Well, an invitation li...

Vito’s, a treasured Seattle landmark on First Hill, has seen a lot of ups and downs during the past seven decades. Opened in 1953 by brothers Vito and Jimmy Santoro, the restaurant drew its clientele from many walks of life – politicians and newspaper reporters, sports stars and business owners, and many of the doctors and nurses who worked at near...

The Italy of innovation and investment has been showcased in Seattle for the first time since the pandemic, with the “Primo Innovare” (First Innovate) initiative. “Primo Innovare” took place on 16 November 2022 in Seattle, the American Pacific Coast city that is home to giants like Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing and Starbucks. Ten innovative Italian sta...

Cinema Italian Style features some of the best Italian films from 2022, and a retrospective classic from Antonioni. Now in its 14th year, the festival will take place November 10-17, 2022. Join us for una settimana di straordinari film italiani presented by Flyhomes and Seattle-Perugia Sister City Association. Passes & tickets on sale now! IN THEAT...

Casa Italiana, Italian Cultural Center at 13028 1st Ave South in Burien celebrated their reopening on Oct 29 by introducing the public to their new Gelato bar, an expanded sandwich menu and more shopping. Nancy Sacco Chiodo, the cafe manager said this about their new lunch menu: “We will be serving a Meatball Sandwich, an Italian Sub Panini, a Mort...

THE PHRASE “hidden in plain sight” could have originated with the Cettolin house in West Seattle. Nestled along the unpretentious, extended block of 32nd Avenue between the Fauntleroy Expressway (opened in 1965) and Nucor Steel (opened in 1905 as Seattle Steel), the dwelling, upon further examination, looks to be a villa straight from Italy. Which...